What has been your Best Birthday Ever?
This week’s prompt from Denyse Whelan Blogs was simply – ‘Best Birthday Ever’. Now immediately, I thought of my last birthday, but then I looked back over my life and found that there were several birthdays which could have been rated as ‘the best’.
Contender No 1
There was my birthday in primary school, alas I don’t have any photos. My birthday was on the 23rd and a friend had hers on the 24th. That year we had a combined birthday and our Mums hired a hall and we invited every kid in the class! What brave Mums to host a party for 30+ children who all came!
Contender No 2
Skip forward to my 40th birthday. My (now) husband and I had been living together for 5 years. I thought he might be proposing on my 40th birthday so I awoke pretty excited. As usual he spoilt me with gifts and the last one was a ring box. Yes! An engagement ring! – Wrong! It was a lovely dress ring but of course not the one I was expecting.
He explained that we would be going into the City for lunch and staying the night before coming home for a family BBQ on the Sunday. I swept aside any disappointment and had a lovely afternoon. Just before dinner over drinks, he said he had one more gift. He handed me a box – similar to what a coffee cup might be packed in. It was then after opening the three boxes inside that I found the engagement ring. He proposed and explained he had designed the ring himself – which was a year in the making! Now that was a great birthday!
Contender No 3
Skip forward another 10 years to my 50th birthday. As my daughter and her partner were overseas for a year, I didn’t really want a huge party, although I definitely was not frightened of turning 50! I worked in a small office and one of the girls (who had been my surrogate daughter, whilst Rachel was overseas) insisted on organising a soiree for me. It would be just drinks with a few close friends – an intimate affair.
Rachel had sent me an email saying how sorry she was that should couldn’t be here to organise my birthday. I assured her I was living my dream through her travelling and exploring Europe and living in London.
Why is my 50th birthday a contender? On the day of my party, I was sitting in the office and the receptionist said I had a ‘client’ who wanted to see me in Meeting Room 1. I wasn’t expecting anyone but when I opened the door there was my darling Rachel and her partner Ian. They had always planned to come back and surprise me for my birthday. After almost a year of just phone calls and skyping here was my daughter surprising me. Tears certainly flowed and there were lots of hugs and celebrations.
Contender No 4
Skip forward another 10 years to my 60th birthday this year. My special birthdays seem to happen every 10 years! My 60th birthday was so special because my darling husband, Mike and daughter, Rachel planned the perfect party Plus I had a 5 week overseas holiday to Spain and Italy, including a cruise around the Mediterranean. I’ve written about my 60th birthday celebrations which you can read here.
My Best Birthday Ever?
All I know is that I am one lucky lady who has a husband and family who love me so much and I’m so grateful for all that I have. My Mum passed away 30 odd years ago but she always showed her love for me and I will cherish the times we had together.
Well, I’m really torn as to which has been my best birthday ever. I’ll leave it to you to judge and let me know in the comments below. Also let me know your Best Birthday Ever and if you are a blogger why not write about it.
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